The earth is a spectacular collection of natural features such as mountains, lakes and oceans, waterfalls and others. There are however very few of these which make it into the list of natural wonders of the world. Important factors used to determine this include statistical significance, traditional or historical significance, uniqueness, and as noted splendor. One name which has prominently featured on this list is the Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya which means the Smoke that Thunders is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters, resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls.
A famous feature is the naturally formed “Armchair” (now sometimes called “Devil’s Pool”), near the edge of the falls on Livingstone Island on the Zambian side. When the river flow is at a certain level, usually between September and December, a rock barrier forms an eddy with minimal current, allowing adventurous swimmers to splash around in relative safety a few feet from the point where the water cascades over the falls.
The two national parks at the falls namely Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is 66 square kilometers (16,309 acres) and Victoria Falls National Park is 23 square kilometres (5,683 acres).
The national parks contain abundant wildlife including sizable populations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and a variety of antelope. Lion and leopard are only occasionally seen. Vervet monkeys and baboons are common. The river above the falls contains large populations of hippopotamus and crocodile. Elephants cross the river in the dry season at particular crossing points.
Top of the to do list around Vic Falls is the 110m freefall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge headlong towards the rushing waters of the mighty Zambezi River with Vic Falls in the background. If anything is going to kick-start your adrenalin then it’s this bungee dive, one of the highest in the world! They say more than 50 000 people have safely jumped already, with a 100% safety record.
Considered one of the best places in the world to experience white water rafting, this is a not-to be missed activity at Vic Falls. A helicopter flight offers the best views to have of the famous Falls and stunning scenery surrounding the Smoke that Thunders (Mosi-oa-Tunya).
Then there is the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – if you’ve you seen photos of the sunset cruise then you’ll know why this activity is one of the best things to do at Vic Falls. The setting is magnificent and the sunsets spectacular. The boat cruise is a great way to unwind and relax on a Vic Falls safari after skyrocketing your adrenalin levels with the more extreme activities.
Victoria Falls is a must see holiday destination.